Your senior year in high school should be a time filled with enjoyment, expectations, and thoughts toward future plans. Often times your senior year is a time for you to reflect back on all those years in the classroom while looking ahead to new adventures of work or college. This is also a time about making plans and decisions, and it is with that thought in mind that this section of the THS website has been created. This section will be a resource for you as those plans and decisions are made.
The resources on this page are intended to assist you in finding information about college, careers, and life after high school. If you find a link to be broken, please report this to the webmaster.
Financial Aid Website
Covering student and federal loans, college loan consolidation, etc.
TACAC College Information Hotline
The Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) College Information Hotline is a collaboration between TACAC and LoanSTAR (a Texas-based student loan secondary market, originator and servicer). Funding of the College Information Hotline is provided by the Greater Texas Foundation.
Online Scholarship Resource Information
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Local College/University Resources
|Name of College/University||Website Address|
|University of Houston||http://www.ud.edu/|
|Sam Houston State University||http://www.shsu.edu/|
|University of Texas Health Science Center||http://www.uth.edu/|
|North Harris Montgomery Community College District||http://www.nhmccd.edu/|
|The University Center||http://www.tuc.edu/|
Academics come first! Remember that colleges are most interested in your academic progress, including your senior year grades. Be sure that you are taking the time you need to do well in your classes.
Respect the time of those helping you. Teachers use their personal time to write recommendations, and counselors have many other students to assist. Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for a recommendation, or to ask for help. Follow up, and be sure to thank teachers and counselors for their efforts on your behalf.
Keep doing what you love. Continue involvement in activities that you are most passionate about. Avoid pressure to fill your schedule with many new extracurricular activities during senior year to “pad” your resume; the depth of your commitment is more important.
Stay organized and pay attention to deadlines! Keep a folder for every school in which you are interested. Use it for brochures, financial aid information, and applications. Keep copies of all admission and scholarship forms. It is your responsibility to submit materials on time.
Sources of Aid:
Financial Aid Information:
www.fafsa.ed.gov (for FREE app. For Federal Student Aid)
studentaid.ed.gov and studentaid.gov/guide
SENIORS! CHECK WITH YOUR EMPLOYER OR YOUR PARENT’S EMPLOYER….. MANY TIMES THE COMPANY OR CORPORATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO EMPLOYEES OR CHILDREN OF EMPLOYEES!!!!
Additional websites for you to check out:
• You Have To Pay a Fee
• Money-Back Guarantee
• Credit Card/Bank Account Information Required
• Phony Scholarship – promises cash if you pay a registration fee
• Phony scholarship matching service – pay a fee and they guarantee you will win scholarships
• Phony educational loan – pay a fee and receive a low interest rate
• Phony financial aid seminar – a high pressure, poorly concealed sales pitch
Don’t pay money to get money…Too good to be true? It probably is…Spend time, not money…Legit scholarships are NEVER guaranteed… Feel suspicious? Trust your instinct…..
FAST TIP: Applying for financial aid should never cost more than a postage stamp!
BONUS TIP: An upfront fee is not needed for scholarship or loan applications!
If you think you may be dealing with a scammer: save everything you receive from them (make sure everything is dated), take notes during any phone conversations, seminars, etc. Record the date, time, phone number and the person’s name with whom you spoke. Report the suspected scammer to local law enforcement, your guidance counselor and any of the following organizations:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Toll free: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
National Fraud Information Center (NFIC)
Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Be sure to have the address of the company about whom you are filing the complaint.
United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)